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Harvard University
# 1
#1 overall influence
#2 desirability score
Harvard University
Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Tuition + fees

$50K

Acceptance

5%

Graduation

97%

Student body

25K

Median SAT/ACT

1520/34

Cambridge, MA

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University of London
# 2
#2 overall influence
University of London
Federal research university in London, England
Stanford University
# 3
#10 overall influence
#1 desirability score
Stanford University
Private research university located in Stanford, California, United States

Tuition + fees

$51K

Acceptance

4%

Graduation

94%

Student body

14K

Median SAT/ACT

1495/33

Stanford, CA

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Johns Hopkins University
# 4
#20 overall influence
#21 desirability score
Johns Hopkins University
University in Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

11%

Graduation

92%

Student body

24K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/34

Baltimore, MD

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Columbia University
# 5
#3 overall influence
#6 desirability score
Columbia University
Private Ivy League research university in New York City

Tuition + fees

$53K

Acceptance

6%

Graduation

95%

Student body

28K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/34

New York, NY

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University of Pennsylvania
# 6
#17 overall influence
#10 desirability score
University of Pennsylvania
Private research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

8%

Graduation

95%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1485/33

Philadelphia, PA

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New York University
# 7
#16 overall influence
#44 desirability score
New York University
Private research university in New York City

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

20%

Graduation

85%

Student body

47K

Median SAT/ACT

1410/31

New York, NY

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Yale University
# 8
#7 overall influence
#4 desirability score
Yale University
Private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

Tuition + fees

$53K

Acceptance

6%

Graduation

98%

Student body

15K

Median SAT/ACT

1515/34

New Haven, CT

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University of Michigan
# 9
#15 overall influence
#37 desirability score
University of Michigan
Public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Tuition + fees

$16K

Acceptance

23%

Graduation

91%

Student body

42K

Median SAT/ACT

1420/32

Ann Arbor, MI

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# 10
#398 overall influence
Massachusetts General Hospital
Teaching hospital in Massachusetts, United States
University of Manchester
# 11
#37 overall influence
University of Manchester
Public research university in Manchester, England
University of Toronto
# 12
#23 overall influence
University of Toronto
University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
# 13
#165 overall influence
University of California, San Francisco
University

Student body

1K

San Francisco, CA

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University of Edinburgh
# 14
#13 overall influence
University of Edinburgh
Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland
Duke University
# 15
#31 overall influence
#12 desirability score
Duke University
Private university in Durham, North Carolina, United States

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

9%

Graduation

95%

Student body

15K

Median SAT/ACT

1510/34

Durham, NC

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University of Washington
# 16
#44 overall influence
#69 desirability score
University of Washington
Public research university in Seattle, Washington, United States

Tuition + fees

$11K

Acceptance

49%

Graduation

84%

Student body

46K

Median SAT/ACT

1340/29

Seattle, WA

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# 17
#50 overall influence
Imperial College London
Public research university located in London, United Kingdom
# 18
#6 overall influence
#29 desirability score
University of California, Berkeley
Public research university in Berkeley, California, United States

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

15%

Graduation

92%

Student body

41K

Median SAT/ACT

1425/33

Berkeley, CA

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Cornell University
# 19
#14 overall influence
#14 desirability score
Cornell University
Private university in Ithaca

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

11%

Graduation

94%

Student body

24K

Median SAT/ACT

1465/33

Ithaca, NY

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Boston University
# 20
#38 overall influence
#56 desirability score
Boston University
Private research university in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

22%

Graduation

87%

Student body

30K

Median SAT/ACT

1415/31

Boston, MA

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University of Oxford
# 21
#11 overall influence
University of Oxford
Collegiate research university in Oxford, England
University of Pittsburgh
# 22
#67 overall influence
#987 desirability score
University of Pittsburgh
State-related research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Tuition + fees

$19K

Acceptance

59%

Graduation

81%

Student body

27K

Median SAT/ACT

1350/30

Pittsburgh, PA

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University of Southern California
# 23
#39 overall influence
#30 desirability score
University of Southern California
Private research university in Los Angeles, California, United States

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

13%

Graduation

92%

Student body

37K

Median SAT/ACT

1440/32

Los Angeles, CA

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# 24
#24 overall influence
#31 desirability score
University of California, Los Angeles
Public research university in Los Angeles, California, United States

Tuition + fees

$13K

Acceptance

14%

Graduation

91%

Student body

44K

Median SAT/ACT

1405/32

Los Angeles, CA

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Washington University in St. Louis
# 25
#66 overall influence
#20 desirability score
Washington University in St. Louis
University in St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Tuition + fees

$53K

Acceptance

15%

Graduation

94%

Student body

12K

Median SAT/ACT

1520/33

Saint Louis, MO

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McGill University
# 26
#42 overall influence
McGill University
English-language public research university in Montreal, Quebec
Northwestern University
# 27
#28 overall influence
#24 desirability score
Northwestern University
Private research university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, United States

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

8%

Graduation

94%

Student body

19K

Median SAT/ACT

1490/34

Evanston, IL

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McMaster University
# 28
#146 overall influence
McMaster University
Public research university in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
# 29
#9 overall influence
#3 desirability score
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Tuition + fees

$52K

Acceptance

7%

Graduation

93%

Student body

14K

Median SAT/ACT

1535/35

Cambridge, MA

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University of Minnesota
# 30
#34 overall influence
#890 desirability score
University of Minnesota
Public research university in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

Tuition + fees

$15K

Acceptance

52%

Graduation

78%

Student body

44K

Median SAT/ACT

1375/28

Minneapolis, MN

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University of Chicago
# 31
#5 overall influence
#8 desirability score
University of Chicago
Private research university in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Tuition + fees

$57K

Acceptance

7%

Graduation

94%

Student body

12K

Median SAT/ACT

1520/34

Chicago, IL

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University of Cambridge
# 32
#4 overall influence
University of Cambridge
Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Emory University
# 33
#111 overall influence
#41 desirability score
Emory University
Private research university in Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Tuition + fees

$51K

Acceptance

19%

Graduation

91%

Student body

13K

Median SAT/ACT

1435/32

Atlanta, GA

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Vanderbilt University
# 34
#115 overall influence
#16 desirability score
Vanderbilt University
Private research university in Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Tuition + fees

$50K

Acceptance

10%

Graduation

92%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/34

Nashville, TN

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Tufts University
# 35
#73 overall influence
#25 desirability score
Tufts University
Private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts

Tuition + fees

$56K

Acceptance

15%

Graduation

92%

Student body

11K

Median SAT/ACT

1455/32

Medford, MA

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University of Virginia
# 36
#43 overall influence
#40 desirability score
University of Virginia
Public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Tuition + fees

$17K

Acceptance

26%

Graduation

94%

Student body

24K

Median SAT/ACT

1415/32

Charlottesville, VA

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University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
# 37
#862 overall influence
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
# 38
#54 overall influence
University of Birmingham
University in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
George Washington University
# 39
#61 overall influence
#76 desirability score
George Washington University
University in Washington, D.C.

Tuition + fees

$53K

Acceptance

42%

Graduation

84%

Student body

21K

Median SAT/ACT

1370/30

Washington, DC

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# 40
#97 overall influence
University of Melbourne
Australian public university located in Melbourne, Victoria
Georgetown University
# 41
#69 overall influence
#19 desirability score
Georgetown University
Private university in Washington, D.C., United States

Tuition + fees

$54K

Acceptance

15%

Graduation

94%

Student body

14K

Median SAT/ACT

1450/32

Washington, DC

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Baylor College of Medicine
# 42
#560 overall influence
Baylor College of Medicine
Private medical school in Houston, Texas, United States

Student body

1K

Houston, TX

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# 43
#49 overall influence
#71 desirability score
University of California, San Diego
Public university in La Jolla, California, United States

Tuition + fees

$14K

Acceptance

30%

Graduation

87%

Student body

36K

Median SAT/ACT

1365/30

La Jolla, CA

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University of Sydney
# 44
#78 overall influence
University of Sydney
Australian university founded in 1850
Brown University
# 45
#36 overall influence
#7 desirability score
Brown University
University in Providence, Rhode Island

Tuition + fees

$55K

Acceptance

8%

Graduation

96%

Student body

9K

Median SAT/ACT

1485/33

Providence, RI

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Case Western Reserve University
# 46
#141 overall influence
#110 desirability score
Case Western Reserve University
University in Ohio, United States

Tuition + fees

$49K

Acceptance

29%

Graduation

82%

Student body

9K

Median SAT/ACT

1435/32

Cleveland, OH

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Princeton University
# 47
#8 overall influence
#5 desirability score
Princeton University
Private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Tuition + fees

$50K

Acceptance

5%

Graduation

97%

Student body

7K

Median SAT/ACT

1505/33

Princeton, NJ

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# 48
#157 overall influence
University of Warwick
University in Coventry, United Kingdom
Rush University
# 49
#1163 overall influence
Rush University
University

Tuition + fees

$30K

Student body

2K

Chicago, IL

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Yeshiva University
# 50
#213 overall influence
#136 desirability score
Yeshiva University
Jewish University located in Manhattan

Tuition + fees

$44K

Acceptance

60%

Graduation

82%

Student body

4K

Median SAT/ACT

1270/26

New York, NY

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